After more house hunting this past weekend, we're down to two houses. We've made the pro/con lists for both and we just can't decide! Since this is the house we're going to be raising our family in, we want to make the right decision, but it's just SO hard.
House A - 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 2 stories with master suite downstairs, formal living room (that will be our playroom), built in the 1980's, zoned to a great school, neighborhood has pools and playgrounds, mature trees, fabulous back patio, lower tax rate, higher asking price
House B - 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 2 stories with master suite downstairs, playroom upstairs, built in the 2000's, zoned to a good school, no neighborhood pool or playground, no trees, OK back patio, higher tax rate, lower asking price, easier access to Ryan's work, near the local YMCA
Both houses need some cosmetic updates/changes, but that's no big deal. We're not afraid to tear up carpet or paint some walls.
House A is a tad smaller and doesn't have the "openess" of the other one. And one of the secondary bedrooms is MUCH larger than the other two so I can already hear the arguments from the peanut gallery. But the school is fabulous, we LOVE the back patio and yard, and the neighborhood has a pool (swimming season lasts from May till September around here).
House B is bigger, more open and all of the secondary bedrooms are the same size (meaning no arguing about who got the biggest room), but the previous owners took out the fireplace and put in a dog door. Not so happy with that, but again, that can be fixed (hopefully). And the pantry is in the utility room. That'll take some getting used to. And although there's no neighborhood pool, the Y is close and my sister assures me that the city pool is not far from this neighborhood.
What to do, what to do.....
For Michael, At Nine
2 weeks ago